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June 4, 2021
Delete, delete, delete from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 Things I've learned along the way. 

1. There are apps on my phone that I can use to identify plants and other nature stuff. I did know that, and I have one on my phone; however, I never seem to use it. I should use it more. The app I have is called iNaturalist

2. The Wild Rhubarb is also known as burdock. Apparently, in the UK, burdock and dandelion are used to make a soft drink. Who knew!!!!  Hey -- we have dandelions, and we have burdock. How hard would it be to brew some up? You can buy ...

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May 16, 2021
A Good Week from The Quilt Quine

Freya has been home this week and it has made such a difference having her around. We had a trip to Rosemount in Aberdeen where we trawled a couple of charity shops, visited a niche houseplant shop and had coffee in a vegan cafe. Nella has become a little braver at going out for coffee and having a snack with her sister instead of just me. It is all a practice for venturing to Glasgow, where we hope to spend a couple of nights in Freya’s flat. In the charity shop I was sad to see a collection of ...

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May 15, 2021
The Design Wall for Quilter's - Part Two from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 A design wall is a CRITICAL part of a quilt studio. Why? You can't really appreciate what your quilt will look like, how the fabrics behave together, whether the values and colors work together without standing back and have a good long look. I've been known to throw stuff on the wall and then sit on a chair and just look. I would not be happy without my design wall. I'm working on my UFO, and here's what it looks like. 

I got all the rows stitched together for this quilt top. Now it was decision ...

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May 6, 2021
Digging for gold from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 Holy -- things seem to take forever to do! At least I took more pictures than I did the previous day, but not much I can share with you. I'm working on my blog posts for the end of the month, and well - you just don't get to see them yet. 

I had two presentations yesterday. And I attempted to use my desktop computer. I lugged the darn thing downstairs, only to find the camera wouldn't work on Zoom. Seriously? I've used Zoom on this computer before, so I don't know what the issue was. I ...

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May 5, 2021
Waiting................. from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


OK -- so I probably shouldn't share this story with you. It's rather embarrassing, but I thought, what the heck! We all need a good laugh these days. I'm having an issue with my laptop - nothing serious, but I can't uninstall a program. It's a long story, and I'm not going into all the details. The bottom line is I need to uninstall the program and then reinstall it because I need it. Somehow there's an issue with one of the files? 

I've called Microsoft before, and they couldn't fix it, and ...

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May 3, 2021
More changes a coming.............. from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I really should look at the notifications that appear on my blog. However, I have techie friends who alert me to upcoming changes. Thanks to Morgan for this. For those of you who subscribe to the blog and get a daily e-mail, that feature will go away in July. There is some option that I need to implement so you won't miss a single crazy episode. I'll be looking into that and let you know what's happening!

I also need to put together a distribution list and a newsletter - just because I want to. I've got ...

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May 1, 2021
It's all about the car from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


OK -- I think I've put more miles on my car this week than I have the entire year so far! I had things to pick up and drop off, and it just happened that it all came together this week. Holy -- it takes time to do those errands - I was away for FIVE hours yesterday, so I didn't get a whole lot done. However, I did FOUR errands in those five hours, and I've got some fun show and tell. But not today. 

I need to catch up from two days ago. Let's say that I ...

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April 15, 2021
What's the password? from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 Yesterday was supposed to be a carefree day. One presentation with the rest of the day free. Well, it didn't go so well. 

I know that I need to be more relaxed about computers, but I was so frustrated that I was ready to toss my laptop in the pond! 

You see, I have a program that wouldn't open last week. I clicked, and nothing. Well, I got an error message that it couldn't open. OK - so let's try to delete and reinstall. That didn't work - I got a different error message telling me that ...

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April 11, 2021
Little by Little from The Quilt Quine

I am still working on the “Christmas Friends” customer quilt… just doing an hour here and there. My quilting stamina is not what it once was and I just can’t stand for hours, mindlessly filling in backgrounds. Hopefully, it should be completed in another 2 or 3 hours  as it is not even that big.

Nella has continued to be committed to Recovery but that does not mean it has been easy. One of the features of her anorexia has always been orthorexia – an obsession with “healthy” food. I blame the zealous “Health and Well-Being” aspect of the school ...

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March 14, 2021
The woes of technology from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Don't panic - my technology seems to be behaving itself lately. There are NO issues with the internet, and the computers are working fine. The Zoom Share screen worked fine, although I didn't stay in that mode for long. Yikes - they can literally see EVERYTHING on my screen. So I need to play around with that and minimize everything that doesn't need to be open. That's a positive! 

Nope - it's something different on the technology side. I have some DVDs that I haven't watched, and as part of my clean-up, I'd like to get ...

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March 13, 2021
Pandora's box from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Life is one big learning curve. It never fails that each and every day, I learn something. It could be a small tidbit, it could be monumental, but there's always something. And sometimes, you don't even know what you don't know! 

So I've been on Zoom for a while - gosh - I think it's close to one year! That's incredible. This time last year, I had no idea what Zoom even was. I've been able to share my screen for PowerPoint presentations, and all is good. However, there are times when I want to ...

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February 25, 2021
Do NOT panic! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Things have been going smoothly. It's a little bit hectic, but that's OK - it's a pace of life that I seem to thrive on. I grew up on a farm - where did this need for chaos come from? 

My presentations got prepped; the last one slid in at the last minute (not entirely my fault), so that was good. And let's just say that I'm becoming an EXPERT (OK - that might be stretching the truth a wee bit), but I'm learning a ton, and well, that's a good thing. I've learned that ...

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January 26, 2021
Channeling Aristotle: Using Ancient Design Principles for Better E2E Quilting from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning, Lovelies, and Happy Tuesday!  

I often see quilters -- even seasoned professional longarm quilters with years of experience -- crowd-sourcing ideas for quilting designs on social media and in online forums.  You know, "how should I quilt this," "which thread would you choose," and "which panto design would look good on this quilt?"  If the quilter has a computerized machine, there are additional questions about what size to scale a particular design for quilting as well.  My interior design background kicks in whenever I'm faced with these kinds of choices, so I thought I'd take a moment today ...

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January 24, 2021
Newsy 2021 Post from caledonia quilter

Santa brought me a new tablet so I've been having my perpetual challenge with technology, trying to transfer over all my "stuff".  Today's project is DROPBOX, setting up the auto transfer of all photos from the tablet to the cloud, and from there I transfer them to the desktop.  The desktop has folders for each month of the year, and folders for my personal quilts, trips, special events, guilds, etc.  This kind of filing system is the easiest way for me to locate items, although I must admit I've had the occasional "oopsy" where I've moved ...

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January 23, 2021
A picture is worth a thousand words from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


What can I say? I LOVE Zoom, and I LOVE teaching on Zoom. Why? Because I can take pictures as I work, and then I can assemble the pictures into a VERY detailed slide presentation. I could never do that in a class unless I took a slide projector with me. Well, I guess we don't call it a slide projector any longer, but you know what I mean. 

I even took videos and embedded them into the presentation. Oh yes -- I'm having a fabulous time as I marry technology with sewing. 

And the best news? I was ...

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January 9, 2021
Delete, delete, delete from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


You know what? The e-mail issue was probably a VERY GOOD thing. It forced me to take a serious look at my e-mail situation, and it's BAD. 

I'm pretty good at filing e-mails into my complex (well - it's not that complex) file folder system. But I do need to delete some of those folders. I don't belong to any guilds now - no need to keep any of guild-related e-mails. And just like that - GONE!! There are other folders of e-mails that I no longer need to keep. Let's just say that I did a LOT ...

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January 8, 2021
One happy recipient from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


OK -- so I suck at curbside pickup! I had ordered a few things from Canadian Tire. I arrived in the parking lot to see large signs at the front door - DO NOT ENTER. OK - I get that, and then there was a phone number. So I called it. Nope - that's not the number for curbside. OH - there are reserved parking spots in the parking lot for curbside. 

I pulled into one of the spots and followed the instructions. Cars parked beside me, and their orders were whisked out to them - I'm still waiting. I'm not in a ...

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January 6, 2021
I should stick with my quilting from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I was all excited yesterday. I would set up a series of rules for my e-mail so the appropriate e-mails would be filed and it would be easy to find them. I've used rules before but haven't set them up in a while. So if you signed up for a class and cursed me when I asked that you send one e-mail per class, it's for that reason. 

I set up the rule and hit APPLY. Oh - I think something went wrong. It moved all my unread e-mails to the new folder. Oops! Then I thought I ...

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December 26, 2020
Smarter Than Me! from From the Strawberry Patch...

And, just like that, Christmas is a memory; a most happy one for us thanks to these four.Santa brought a new television for my sewing room. That purchase necessitated the removal of this big, hulking, heavy television out of it's custom-made cubby where it's been living, happily, for many years; it was blissfully unaware that technology advancements were rocketing by, (as was its owner) leaving

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Smarter Than Me! from From the Strawberry Patch...

And, just like that, Christmas is a memory; a most happy one for us thanks to these four.Santa brought a new television for my sewing room. That purchase necessitated the removal of this big, hulking, heavy television out of it's custom-made cubby where it's been living, happily, for many years; it was blissfully unaware that technology advancements were rocketing by, (as was its owner) leaving

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